Do you make a list of things you want to do each season? How about planning what you want to do during the rest of you life?
I am often thrilled to get the weeks meals planned but planning special activites for the next few months gives me joy and something to look forward to. It has been a long winter and I am so excited to enjoy warmer weather!
I do love making lists!
I am always making lists. Groceries lists, "To Do Today" items, things I need to do for work events, things I want to get organized, empowering activities for good mental health, are just part of making everyday life work. There is also my continual list of "How I plan to lose weight and get fit," plus keeping track of banking, bills and medical needs. There is even a need to keep track of family members events such as when we need to go to grandkids school and dance performances.
When I had the brain injury my memory took a significant downward dive and lists were the only thing that kept my mental memory wheel from spinning out of control in an endless loop. When in doubt I tried to remember to check the list. As I recovered and my memory improved, I found that I was busier than ever and therefore had a lot more to remember, so I still needed my lists!
The best lists for me are the ones where I plan out the fun activities or make steps toward goals that make me happy or feel proud of what I am accomplishing. A new season is indeed a fantastic time to think ahead to all you have to look forward to in the coming months.
What is a "Bucket List" anyway?
Yes! This is indeed a topic on the internet! Basically, the idea is that most of us wish to enjoy meaningful experiences in our lifetimes and the point of a bucket list is to get out there and do it before we die or "kick the bucket." Some people think immediately of exotic destinations they long to see and activities that go with it. Others think of personal accomplishments such as learning a musical instrument or a different language or maybe becoming a public speaker or owning their own business. Others might have dreams of setting up a lasting legacy.. a building that lasts beyond them or setting up a scholarship for deserving students or perhaps ensuring that their grandchildren will have a nest egg to help them have the future that they will someday dream about.
A bucket list can be as big or small as you want it to be and it is flexible. You can add to it or remove items from it - after all, it is about you and your dreams! Your bucket list can help give you some direction and purpose. You can ask yourself what your purpose in life is or you can figure out what all you love in this world. It sets out a unique set of goals that are truly meaningful to you, and once you set that goal, you can start to organize how you might actually realize your dreams.
You do have to remember that beyond the big goals and important moments are made up of smaller steps and special moments. Don't forget those big goals, but also don't forget to enjoy all the wonderful times and to celebrate the everyday pleasures and experiences.
I am looking forward to a few upcoming special events.
- In a few weeks, I will attend the Manitoba Girl Guide Conference in Brandon for a weekend.
- A remarkably large selection of Guiding activities are coming up this Spring in my district. They include everything from an adult award dinner we are planning to youth activities such as hosting a large Mother's Day Tea to a camp, a park clean-up plus so much more!
- We have our Scandinavian Choir Concert on May 13th.
- My husband and I are celebrating our 40th Anniversary this July, and we are planning on making it special.
- I expect to have an opportunity to visit with my oldest daughter who is currently living out of the province.
- In September I am hosting a week-long gathering of members from an online group I participate in called Christmas to the Max.
- We are hoping to get some major work done at our cottage and get a chance to really enjoy it this year!
A lot of my planning is centred around these highlights, but I still need to plan on some just plainFUN STUFF! Things that make good memories!
Linda's Spring List!
- Work on Painting watercolour pictures.
- Create a relaxing corner for me to relax and be creative
- Make Easter cards with my new painting skill.
- Participate in a 30 day watercolour painting challnge.
- Celebrate Earth Day by starting some seeds.
- Go to the big garden center to buy the above seeds
- Buy a new Easter outfit.
- Bake a special bread for Easter
- Make some crafts about Butterflies for work and for home.
- Make some marmalade for the first time in decades.
- Have a picnic in the park.
- Go out for a special dinner and a movie.
- Read a good novel
- Create paper birds to hang in trees or making lanterns.
- Make art pieces out of natural items.